Honda grows her­itage fleet with S800 pro­ject

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week -

Honda has com­mis­sioned a restora­tion pro­ject on a 1967 S800 to mark its 50th an­niver­sary of sell­ing four-wheeled ve­hi­cles in the UK next year.

The S800 was the first car Honda sold in the UK and pro­duc­tion fin­ished in May 1970 with al­most 12,000 pro­duced. Honda did not man­u­fac­ture another S road­ster for nearly 30 years un­til the re­lease of the S2000.

The Ja­panese man­u­fac­turer is hop­ing work will be com­pleted ready to show off at the Good­wood Re­vival in Septem­ber next year. The pro­ject takes Honda’s her­itage fleet to 14 with mod­els in­clud­ing a first-gen­er­a­tion 1972 Civic 1.3 Deluxe in Carn­aby Yel­low, as used in the UK brochure, and a 1989 NSX 3.0 Auto.

Honda is work­ing in part­ner­ship with Le Riche Au­to­mo­bile Re­stor­ers in Jersey. The Chan­nel Is­land-based busi­ness was ac­tu­ally the owner of the S800 be­fore it was spot­ted by Philip Cross­man, Honda’s UK man­ag­ing di­rec­tor, on Le Riche’s trade show stand at Good­wood 2015.

Joe Castellino, joint owner and di­rec­tor of Le Riche, tells CCW: ‘It caught Philip’s eye, as he knew it would be a great ad­di­tion to Honda’s her­itage fleet of ve­hi­cles. He made an of­fer to buy it and asked us to take it on as a restora­tion pro­ject.’ Tom Sey­mour

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